10/19/2019 7:30:00 AM Reader reacts to Tiffany's call for Convention of the States
To the Editor:
Tom Tiffany's call for a Convention of the States may be one of the better things he's ever come up with. I'm sure he knows that the agenda will be set after the convention is convened, and there is no guarantee that his issues will be honored. Wouldn't that be a hoot if rather than Tom's issues, the agenda consisted of an amendment to ensure fair, non-gerrymandered, and safe elections; a more progressive income tax; a tax on wealth; establishing that corporations are not people; limits of the size of the military budget; and perhaps even repeal of the Second Amendment?
I wonder who Tom thinks has been in charge of the purse, at both the state and federal level, if not his own party?
By the way, we already have term limits; they go by the name of elections.
Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2019
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On October 26, 2019, the Oneida County Board posted it's notice of the 2020 Budget Hearing to be held November 12, 2019 at 9:45 in the Oneida County Board Room at the Courthouse. I noticed a significant decrease of 47.7% to the Department on Aging's budget. This amounts to $134,109.00 of their $256,509.00 2019 budget. That's close to half of their budget. The first thing that comes to mind is "are they CUTTING programs for our seniors". This would be a terrible disservice to our increasing aging population. I am one of many that are taking advantage of the programs at our "senior center". If you come any time of the day, you can determine for yourself that the "senior center" is alive and well with many programs meeting all kinds of needs of those with disabilities as well as those 60 and older. My past employment included 11 years in Oneida County Social Services, 9 years with The Rhinelander Housing Authority and at various times with the Senior Center working with our elderly and disabled population in Rhinelander as well as neighboring towns and townships in the County. Many many times I referred people to Senior Center for meals, for advise from the Benefit Specialists, for the activities for socialization.
As a member of the advisory group of the center, I know first hand how a cut in programs would impact not just the people who take advantage of the offerings but our County. This includes those in our own families, your parents, grandparents, and neighbors. WE can't let this happen. This could change or damage this important resource for this growing population of Oneida County,
I encourage as many people as possible to support this vital part of our community by attending this budget hearing to protect our senior population from this huge cut. We can demonstrate just by the numbers attending how it is important to leave this valuable asset to the community alone.
Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2019
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Implement the Texas Legislature model: Meet only every other year for a140-day session. And since new legislation means new spending, have every other two-year cycle be devoted to cutting prior legislative excesses, starting with LBJ’s Great Society morass. Demand that the mental health of mental-health professionals be certified regularly (or else!). Finally, outlaw the wearing of pajama bottoms at Wal Mart. This is a “must-have.”
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